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Tottenham Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko To Miss Upcoming Russia Qualifiers With Injury

Tottenham Striker Roman Pavlyuchenko To Miss Upcoming Russia Qualifiers With Injury

Ankle problem rules out in-form forward...

Tottenham Hotspur striker Roman Pavlyuchenko is out of Russia's upcoming Euro 2012 qualifiers with an ankle injury.

The 28-year-old will miss Russia's games against the Republic of Ireland and Macedonia, head coach Dick Advocaat has confirmed, with Russian media suggesting Zenit St Petersburg forward Alexander Bukharov will be called up in replacement.

Pavlyuchenko was substituted at half-time during Spurs' 2-1 win over Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, but the forward will not be able to help his home nation in their quest for a place in Poland and Ukraine.

"Last night we made a decision that Pavlyuchenko will not travel with the squad to Dublin and Skopje," Advocaat was quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

Advocaat's side currently lie third in Group B with three points from two games and trail Ireland and Slovakia in the standings.

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